Welcome to the Genealogy News from Geneatopia
I’m Patty Roy, also known as Dinah Larkham in Second Life.
Today is Tuesday June 27, 2017 and this is Episode 104.
Ancestry.com has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement for a proposed initial public offering to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. There is a provision in the securities law that allows companies to submit pulmonary IPO plans to the government without having to publicly reveal their financial details. This provision encourages more companies to file IPOs and it allows the regulators to review and comment on the company’s prospectus before the competitors see it.
Ancestry did not disclose the price range or the number of shares that it will be selling.
The SEC is reviewing the request.
Ancestry and Amazon Web Services
Ancestry is migrating its entire infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. Ancestry has lots of data and it uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to find related records and family trees of ancestors. This all requires lots of computing power.
Ancestry is in the process of moving all of its databases and services to the cloud. Once this is completed the data center in Salt Lake City will be decommissioned.
The end result will improve performance for Ancestry’s services and allow Ancestry to innovate quickly.
Collaboration Between Idaho State Archives and Ancestry
There is a new collaboration between the Idaho State Archives and Ancestry. The project is expected to be completed in the next six months. The result will be birth records, death records and prison records will be found on Ancestry. The records will be searchable.
Additions to DigitalNC
The North Carolina website called DigitalNC continues to add more collections. Recent additions include
• A new batch of materials that tell powerful stories from black communities in Burlington, Graham, and other townships of Alamance County.
• 10 years of the newspaper Q-Notes which focuses primarily on gay and lesbian issues.
• a batch of materials from the Beaufort Historical Association
• Johnson C. Smith University’s student newspaper called the University Student for the years 1926 – 1930
• more materials from the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina
• more issues of Wake Forest University’s The Student for the years 1906 through 1935
• added more scrapbooks from Central Piedmont Community College
• two more issues of The Wilson Advance from March of 1876 join the other digitized issues from 1874 – 1899
• the 1960 yearbook from Eppes High School
Brigham Young College Image Collection to be Digitized
The Utah State University Special Collections and Archives plans to digitize the Brigham Young College image collection. This college was open from 1877 until 1926.
It’s estimated that will take two years to digitize the collection of images. The collection of images will include a comprehensive exhibit of photos and artist renderings of the campus, pages from the “Crimson Yearbooks,” and commencement programs and student publications.
DPLA Adds Resources for Maryland
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has added lots of resources from Maryland. These resources come from public libraries, museums, historical societies, and college libraries.
It includes 19th-century diaries and personal correspondence, photographs documenting everyday life on Maryland’s Eastern shore, and documents that help reveal the lives of enslaved people and families in the decades before the Civil War. There is a collection of letters and artifacts from Edgar Allen Poe, lots of Civil War artifacts from private collections, photographs of women at local farms during World War I, and lots more.
More New York City Directories Added to Online Collection
The New York Public Library has added more New York City directories to their collection. City directories can provide more detail than some of the early census records and can be useful for distinguishing families with similar names.
One recent additional city directory predates the first US Federal Census. It’s for the year 1786. A few more directories have been added from the 1790s. They’ve also added a few directories from the 1800s and some directories for the early 1900s.
There are now 137 years of New York City directories at the New York public library’s digital collections site and they cover the years from 1786 through 1923.
Digital Collections for the Oregon Historical Society
The Oregon Historical Society has launched its digital collections website. The new website includes items such as manuscripts, photographs, and film and oral histories.
Some of the notable collections on the website include:
• photographs from Oregon conservation pioneers William L. Finley, Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman
• Newspaper photographs from the Oregon Journal
• Papers of Joel Palmer, 1848-80, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Oregon Territory and an Oregon state legislator.
• Landscape photographs
• Early twentieth century photographs from Portland’s Kiser Photo Company
• Select oral histories
• More than 1,000 portraits from the Cartes de Visite Collection, 1861-1893.
The society will continue to add to the website with more items from their holdings.
More Mexican Manuscripts to be Digitized
The Sons of the Republic of Texas has received a grant to continue digitizing their archive of 16th – 20th century Mexican manuscripts, housed at the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries. The entire collection will be at the digital portal.
The Mexican manuscript collection includes items that document the social, political and religious life in central Mexico. You can find information about individuals who influenced the country’s development, financial records, personal and business correspondence, censuses and maps.
New York State Death Index Online
Reclaim the Records has been pursuing making New York State records freely available. They have obtained marriage records from various years and placed them on the Internet Archive for everyone to access them for free. They have now obtained the New York State death index for the years 1880 – 1956.
They are just beginning to put all of these records on the Internet Archive. They are expecting to have all the records available online by August.
Library of Congress World War I Exhibits
The Library of Congress has launched a web exhibit to complement their exhibit called “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.” Some narratives from World War I veterans are being placed on the website. Part one is there now and it’s called “Arguing Over War and Over Here.”
Part two will be available in July and the topic for those narratives is “Over There.” Part three will be available in September and the topic will be “A World Overturned.”
Welsh Journals Online
The National Library of Wales has launched a website that has free access to more than 1.2 million pages from more than 450 Welsh journals. The years range between 1735 and 2007 and the website allows users to search the content as well as browse.
The journals range from academic and scientific publications to literary and popular magazines. They contain a wealth of information relating to Wales and its history.
Additions at ScotlandsPeople
The ScotlandsPeople website will be adding over 36,000 Presbyterian Church records covering the years from 1744 to 1855. These records are for births and baptisms, marriages and proclamations, and death and burials.
You will need a subscription to access these records.
LAC Monthly Report on Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files
The Library and Archives Canada has released their monthly report about the digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files. They are now up to the name Patterson.
These service files are for soldiers of the First World War. They are digitizing the files basically in alphabetical order.
They started this project in 2014 and they plan to have the project completed by the end of 2018. At the current rate the project should be completed by the end of 2018. They are about 70% done, same as last month.
The Librarian and Archivist of Canada Guy Berthiaume spoke at the recently held Ontario Genealogical Society Conference and he said the project would be completed and all the files online by November 11, 2018. This is known as Remembrance Day in Canada and known as Veteran’s Day in the United States.
Findmypast Partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society
The big announcement from the recently held Ontario Genealogical Society conference was a partnership between OGS and Findmypast. Findmypast will publish millions of OGS records online in a series of phased releases.
The first phase will be launched later this year with the following records coming online.
• The Ontario Name Index which contains names of those found in publications related to Ontario
• The Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index contains data from many different sources
• Oddfellows Life Insurance Applications
• Ontario Genealogical Society Bulletin/Families and NewsLeaf will be added to PERSI.
2018 OGS Conference Call for Presentations
The 2018 OGS conference will be held June 1 – 3, 2018 in Guelph, Ontario. They have issued a call for presentations. The theme of the conference is Upper Canada to Ontario: Birth of a Nation. Some suggestions for proposals for presentations are
• Migration to Ontario – Where did they arrive from, how did they get here, why did they choose Ontario?
• Sources available to trace Canadians in their country of origin
• The importance of using maps in your research: changing Ontario districts and counties, Canada and beyond
• How can new technologies assist our research back in history?
• Methods to document and preserve our research for future generations
The deadline to submit proposals is August 5, 2017.
More Vital Records Added to Nova Scotia Archives Website
The Nova Scotia archives has added more vital records to its website. These records were released on December 31, 2016 and they have been digitized and indexed.
The new records include births for 1916, marriages for 1941, and deaths for 1966.
Québec Newspaper Le Soleil
There was an announcement that the Québec city daily newspaper, Le Soleil, is going to be digitized. The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is in the process of digitizing all the years. On their website the issues from the years 1972 to 2006 are available. They are free to access.
They are currently digitizing years from 1956 to 1971 and eventually they will reach all the way back to 1896. However, there has been a set back.
BAnQ Cutting Jobs
BAnQ will be cutting 40 jobs and plans to restructure. Digitization projects have been suspended.
The cutbacks will eliminate 29 permanent positions and many temporary positions. There was a cut of over $800,000 in funding in the last provincial budget. This has caused BAnQ to take a series of measures to reduce costs.
They will be reducing 5.42% of their staff. They are currently looking for a president and CEO.
The Beaver Magazine
The Beaver magazine was launched in 1920 as a newsletter of the Hudson’s Bay Company in northern Canada. About 70% of the magazine’s content has been uploaded to the Canada’s history archive. The remaining issues of the magazine are being processed and will become available for access in the fall of 2017.
The Beaver was renamed Canada’s History magazine in 2010 and explores the history of Canada. The archive contains nearly 250 issues of The Beaver as well as Canada’s History and Kayak magazines. More issues will continue to be added.
Wexford Library Digital Local Collection
Over in Ireland there is a new website for the Wexford Library Digital Local Collection. The collection contains local historical and parish journals, photographs, historical postcards, and some historical texts all relating to County Wexford.
The collection will be expanded as additional material is digitized.
RootsIreland.ie has added almost 25,000 record transcriptions to its Kildare genealogy database. There are baptisms, marriages, burials, and graveyard inscriptions for many different parishes in County Kildare.
They have also uploaded 30,000 Roman Catholic baptism transcriptions from East Galway.
RootsIreland is a subscription website that costs about $250 a year. You can also get a subtraction for the day, month, or six months. They specialize in Irish Catholic church records.
Norwegian Digital Archive
The Norwegian digital archive has launched a new redesigned website. There are new features and lots of new content. The main page presents a few links and there is a menu to get to other areas of the site. The results of a search are presented differently.
There is a share link so that you can share a page in an email, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.
Not all new features are available in English.
As a result of user feedback some changes will be made to the new design.
A new database is available with information about people born in the territory of contemporary Ukraine between 1650 and 1920. It took four years to digitize, systematize, and assemble entries from historical documents. The database contains over 2.5 million people. It is free to use.
Once you register you can construct your own family tree. The analytical engine will automatically compare the information from various trees and suggest additions to be added to your tree.
Family Tree Maker Update
Family Tree Maker 2017 still has not been released. During testing there have been reports of a large number of sync issues with Family Tree Maker data on the desktop and the trees at Ancestry. So Mac Kiev, the company behind Family Tree Maker, shut down syncing.
The syncing is the ability to work on your tree in Family Tree Maker at your own computer or work on your tree on the Ancestry website and both version will be updated using syncing.
One hundred beta testers tested modifications made to syncing. And after that more beta testers began syncing. All has gone well. They are still running diagnostic tests to see how everything is performing.
If all goes well with the testing, Family Tree Maker 2017 will be released on July 15th.
As a result of all this testing and the problems that arose, more new safety features have been added to Family Tree Maker. Whenever there is a delete request, a question will be asked to make sure you really want to delete people. The sync log will no longer disappear, you will need to click a button to make it go away.
Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic recently said that the RootsMagic feature to sync your tree with Ancestry will be available when it’s ready. And he has said that before. No date has been mentioned or will be mentioned as to when the feature will become available in RootsMagic.
New Version MacFamilyTree
MacFamilyTree has a new update which brings it up to version 8.2. The new version has lots of new fractal charts and more configuration options for charts.
Performance has been improved for rendering charts, FamilySearch integration and CloudTree which allows multiple people to work on the same tree.
There have been many FamilySearch improvements. Here is the list
• Comparing local and FamilySearch persons improved
• Coordinates of places are automatically downloaded from FamilySearch
• LDS Ordinances added (reserve, print, share with Temple etc.)
• Family Tree is automatically scanned for possible LDS Ordinances that can be reserved
MacFamilyTree 8.2 is a free upgrade for all those using version 8 or 8.1. For everyone else it’s on sale at 50% off until July 2nd. The corresponding Apple mobile app is also 50% off.
The Geneabloggers website is no longer a community resource for genealogy and family history bloggers. Most of the operations have been taken over at the new site GeneabloggersTRIBE.com. This new site is run by a team of genealogy bloggers. It will be run by the famous genealogy blogger DearMYRTLE, otherwise known as Pat Richley-Erickson.
The new team consists of 15 well known geneabloggers. They have plans to help content developers with useful information such as resource links, daily blogging prompts, and new technologies.
23andMe New Maternal Haplogroup Report
23andMe has a new maternal haplogroup report that is based on mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA is passed down from a mother to her children. Both sons and daughters receive mitochondrial DNA from their mother and only the daughters pass it on to their children. So this is basically from the mother’s mother’s mother’s line.
From mitochondrial DNA you can find out your haplogroup. This represents an ancestor from many thousands of years ago and they are used to show migration paths. 23andMe has released a redesigned version of the maternal haplogroup report. The new report walks each customer step-by-step through the points where their maternal line branched off from others thousands of years ago. The report also lets you know if you share maternal haplogroup with notable individuals in history.
Another new report at 23andMe is called “Your DNA Family.” It shows you how many matches you have which are only those people who have opted in to share to DNA Relatives. There’s a map that shows the location of your matches and an ancestry composition breakdown of your matches.
These last two features do not tell you who the matches are that make up the map or the ancestry composition.
LivingDNA Raw Data and Confidence Levels
LivingDNA is a new DNA testing company that is focusing on breaking down your DNA for different regions of England. They now allow you to download your raw data.
However there’s not much you can do with it yet. Other websites such as GEDmatch, MyHeritage, Family Tree DNA, and Promethease (for health analysis) don’t accept uploads from Living DNA.
When they first released this feature you had to click to agree to indemnify LivingDNA for any costs that may incur related to you downloading your data. They have reworded the agreement so it now says that you agree to release LivingDNA from any liability which may occur as a result of downloading your raw data.
They’ve also changed the admixture results to add confidence levels. Now you will see two percentages next to each region that represent complete and cautious confidence levels.
WDYTYA DNA Lectures
DNA lectures that were given at the last Who Do You Think You Are? event that was held in Birmingham are being placed on YouTube. I’ll have a link in the show notes so you can go to the channel to view the videos. At this time they are still uploading videos but there are already seven available.
Findmypast releases new records every Friday. Here’s what’s been released in the last few weeks.
They added over 5 million new records to the World War I draft registration collection for the United States. This is the last phase for adding records to this collection and it brings the total now to more than 25 million records.
There is a new collection for the Illinois, Northern District, naturalization index. And they’ve added some records for Rhode Island – births and baptisms 1600 – 1935, deaths and burials 1628 – 1930, and church records 1671 – 1899.
They’ve added over 5000 obituaries that were printed in the Winchester Evening Star. This newspaper was printed in Winchester, Virginia, but it covers the Shenandoah Valley area.
They added additional records to the Scotland, post office directories. This is a browsable collection. And they added records to the Scotland monumental inscriptions
There is a browse only collection for the New Brunswick, County deed registry books. Another new browsable collection is the Royal Canadian mounted police obituary card index and notices 1876 – 2007.
There are three new Norfolk browse collections that have been added. One for marriages, a collection of poor law union records, and nonconformist records.
They’ve added the Lincolnshire, Kesteven militia ballot list for 1824. Over 9000 records have been added to the Essex burial Index. And they’ve added the final record set for the collection of England & Wales, Crime, Prison, & Punishment, 1770 – 1935.
They added additional records to the 1939 Register. These new additions relate to vacant addresses recorded in the register. This important collection is a census substitute because the 1931 census was destroyed by fire and there wasn’t a census taken in 1941 because of the war. So the 1939 register can be used like a census.
Findmypast is expanding its collection of Canadian records with the addition of the 1881 and 1891 Canada censuses.
There have been 11 new titles added to the British newspapers collection and over a million new articles have been added. This now means that the 20 millionth page has been added to the British Newspaper Archive website.
The British Newspaper Archive was launched in November 2011. Findmypast scans and digitizes the historical newspapers that are located at the British Library newspaper collection, at the Library’s site at Boston Spa, Yorkshire. They are now at the halfway point to digitize 40 million pages.
The website is free to search and then you can purchase credit or a subscription to view the content.
Old Fulton Adds More Newspapers
The Old Fulton New York Post Card website has added about 100 new newspaper titles. This site started as a collection for old postcards and evolved to include newspapers. It mostly pertains to New York but it also has things from other states and Canada.
North Carolina Historic Newspapers
North Carolina Historic Newspapers will be digitizing more pages during the coming year. These pages will be added to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America newspaper website.
In 2016 the National Digital Newspaper Program expanded the years for newspapers it could be digitized to 1963. The North Carolina Historic Newspapers has selected newspaper titles that cover pivotal events in North Carolina during these later years.
More Wisconsin Newspapers Online
More than 100,000 pages of early newspapers from six Wisconsin communities has been added to the Wisconsin’s online library. 11 new titles have been added. This is only available to Wisconsin residents.
The Militant Newspaper Online
The Militant, a weekly newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party, can be viewed online for all issues from 1946 to the present. Plans are to add issues from 1928 through 1945.
The Socialist Workers Party was very active in the U.S. challenging restrictive ballot access laws in court.
Library of Virginia’s Civilian Conservation Corps Newspapers
The Virginia Newspaper Project has announced an ongoing project to make the Library of Virginia’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) newspapers available on the website Virginia Chronicle. These camp newspapers were published from 1934 to 1941 and were mostly distributed in camps throughout the Commonwealth. They offer a picture of camp life during the depression. They also contain the names of people who were active in the CCC. Some of the newspapers are already available.
New Records at FamilySearch
More new records at FamilySearch
Here are some collections are new indexed record collections
Florida, Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home records, 1888-1938
Florida, Spanish Land Grants, 1821-1822
Florida, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919
New browsable image collections added include
Italy, La Spezia, Catholic Church Records, 1838-1857
New Hampshire, United States Naturalization Records, 1906-1993
Rhode Island Naturalization Records 1907-1991
Vermont Naturalization Records, 1908-1987
Next these collections have indexed records added to an existing collection
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014
China, Imperial Examinations and Related Papers (Han Yu-shan Collection), 1646-1904
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975
Lesotho, Evangelical Church Records, 1874-1983
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1905-1913, 1955-1963
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1956-1984
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998
Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986
Texas, Eagle Pass Arrival Manifests and Indexes, 1905-1954
These collections have added images to an existing collection
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983
Russia, Simbirsk Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782-1858
FamilySearch Discontinues Microfilm
Since FamilySearch is digitizing and placing records online they have decided to discontinue their microfilm distribution services. The last day that you can order microfilm will be on August 31st.
The cost to duplicate microfilm has gone up and the demand has gone down. It has become increasingly difficult and costly to maintain the equipment.
They will continue to digitize microfilm and they should have everything digitized by the end of 2020. All new records that they have been acquiring have been in a digital format.
If you would like to view records that are still on microfilm your options will be to wait until they are digitized or to make a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
FamilySearch Centers have the option of keeping the existing microfilm that they have or sending it back to Salt Lake City.
Dutch Collections Added to MyHeritage
MyHeritage has added seven large record collections from the Netherlands. The collections include a census like collection called population registers, a set of vital records for birth, marriage, and death, and a set of church records for baptisms, marriages, and burials.
Each collection has an extended description list for the complete archive for that collection.
Plans are to update these collections with additional records as the Netherlands archives releases them.
The celebrity names have been revealed for those who are taking part in the 14th UK series of Who Do You Think You Are? The show will be on BBC1 starting on Thursday, July 6. The celebrities are
Charles Dance – an actor who the searches for information about his father who died when he was four.
Craig Revel Horwood – a dancer, director and choreographer. He traces his Australian roots.
Clare Balding – a sports presenter. She travels to the USA to find out about her hugely wealthy American family her grandfather married into.
Adil Ray – star of the sitcom Citizen Kahn. He travels to Kenya and Uganda to find out more about his maternal grandfather.
Emma Willis – presenter of Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother and The Voice UK, looks into her deep Birmingham roots.
Lisa Hammond – an actress. She discovers her rural Welsh gentry.
Noel Clarke – an actor, writer, and director. He traces his ancestry back to the time of slavery on a tiny Caribbean island.
Lulu – a singer
Fearne Cotton – a BBC radio presenter.
Ruby Wax – a comedian
This is the part of the show I normally list webinars that are coming up. I noticed looking at my statistics that many people are listening after the webinars have already been given. So if you’re interested in what’s going on you can check the Geneatopia calendar.
On the calendar you’ll find all the webinars plus Google+ hangouts, meetings going on Second Life, Twitter genchats, and any paid online activities.
And that’s it for this episode.
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This is episode 104.
Thanks for listening.